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    Inexpensive but attractive waxed jacket recommendations

    I want a Barbour but it's too spendy for me right now. Are there attractive sub $100 waxed jacket options or do I need to dream another dream?

    #2
    Originally posted by zadeckl View Post
    I want a Barbour but it's too spendy for me right now. Are there attractive sub $100 waxed jacket options or do I need to dream another dream?
    Are you looking for something in a Barbour-esque field jacket - like the Barbour Bedale - or more of a trucker jacket a la the Flint and Tinder Waxed Canvass Trucker? A trucker might be had for around $100 come late fall/winter sales time (not the Flint and Tinder one, but others that aren't made in the USA of USA grown cotton, USA produced textiles, etc.). The field jacket, you'll have to find the right sale at the right time, and even then you're probably looking at something around $140-$160 rather than right at $100. I wouldn't be too optimistic of finding anything in that price range until right after Christmas when cold weather stuff goes on steep markdown.
    “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

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      #3
      Get a Levi or Carhartt and wax it yourself? I cant really think of anything sub $100.

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        #4
        Keep an eye on Target's Goodfellow collection. I got a nice black coated jacket two years ago. Cost all of $50! Still looks great two years later. Unfortunately I don't see it on the site at this time.

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          #5
          Second the Target mention...give it a bit and the fall stuff will be out in full force. I got a waxed cotton jacket dark green from Target (Merona at the time I got it rather than Goodfellow) a few years back and it still is going strong. It's not Barbour quality, and you will notice that, but likely nobody else will.

          I will say, if you truly desire a Barbour jacket, and can hold off until the after Xmas sales, you can likely find a tolerable deal if you keep an eye on say Orvis clearance section. While it may cost a bit more, chances are it'll last you a lifetime. Juice might be worth the squeeze, but hey that's coming from a guy who went the $50 Target route!

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            #6
            Thanks!

            Originally posted by mark4 View Post
            Are you looking for something in a Barbour-esque field jacket - like the Barbour Bedale - or more of a trucker jacket a la the Flint and Tinder Waxed Canvass Trucker? A trucker might be had for around $100 come late fall/winter sales time (not the Flint and Tinder one, but others that aren't made in the USA of USA grown cotton, USA produced textiles, etc.). The field jacket, you'll have to find the right sale at the right time, and even then you're probably looking at something around $140-$160 rather than right at $100. I wouldn't be too optimistic of finding anything in that price range until right after Christmas when cold weather stuff goes on steep markdown.
            Yes, the field jacket look is what I was looking for. I kind of knew it was a lost cause, but figured I'd ask. Thanks again.

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              #7
              Buy a used Barbour on eBay or other reselling site. it may look worn but barbours are supposed to look worn-in. Got mine under 100 although it took some time to find one that inexpensive that was still in decent shape.

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                #8
                If you want a decent quality waxed jacket for under $100 you'll have to find a used one on ebay. Otherwise, you could check companies like Gustin or Taylor Stitch. Gustin regularly runs campaigns on waxed canvas field jackets but they're more than $100 and you have to wait 3 months. I don't know if Taylor Stitch has ever made field jackets but they run campaigns the same way that Gustin does. Gustin stuff is US made and Taylor Stitch's stuff is now made in China.

                My recommendation would be to save your money and just pony up for something a little more expensive. Quality means different things to different people but I tend to avoid cheap fast fashion brands, well, because they're cheap.

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                  #9
                  You can also find an affordable field jacket you like and wax it yourself. Just need a heat gun (I used a hair dryer and it took way longer and was a pain in the ass) and some wax like otter wax, or fjallraven's Greenland wax, or the wax straight from Barbour. It's what I did with a cheap but good looking/well fitting cotton field jacket I got from asos.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Nandyn View Post
                    You can also find an affordable field jacket you like and wax it yourself. Just need a heat gun (I used a hair dryer and it took way longer and was a pain in the ass) and some wax like otter wax, or fjallraven's Greenland wax, or the wax straight from Barbour. It's what I did with a cheap but good looking/well fitting cotton field jacket I got from asos.

                    What he said. I used Fjallraven’s Greenland Wax on a cotton field jacket from American Eagle and it worked perfectly fine.


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                      #11
                      I picked up the Best Made Co. light waxed jacket last September on sale for around $150. I’m not sure i like it as much as my Gustin field jacket but I didn’t have to wait 3 months for it either.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Nandyn View Post
                        You can also find an affordable field jacket you like and wax it yourself. Just need a heat gun (I used a hair dryer and it took way longer and was a pain in the ass) and some wax like otter wax, or fjallraven's Greenland wax, or the wax straight from Barbour. It's what I did with a cheap but good looking/well fitting cotton field jacket I got from asos.
                        A word of caution waxing your own jacket, I re-waxed my Gustin trucker a few years back and it didn't turn out so well. I used a heat gun and bar of Otter wax and the Otter wax stunk really bad. I think if you're going to wax your own jacket be sure to use liquid wax, such as melting the wax down, and then use a brush to apply it so that you get an even coating. When I used an Otter wax bar the wax itself didn't penetrate the seams as well as I would've liked and left a white residue, not to mention how labor intensive it was. I'm sure some people have gotten good results waxing their own garments but it's a pain in the butt imo

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by gaseousclay View Post
                          A word of caution waxing your own jacket, I re-waxed my Gustin trucker a few years back and it didn't turn out so well. I used a heat gun and bar of Otter wax and the Otter wax stunk really bad. I think if you're going to wax your own jacket be sure to use liquid wax, such as melting the wax down, and then use a brush to apply it so that you get an even coating. When I used an Otter wax bar the wax itself didn't penetrate the seams as well as I would've liked and left a white residue, not to mention how labor intensive it was. I'm sure some people have gotten good results waxing their own garments but it's a pain in the butt imo
                          I tend to agree with this, some years back I experimented by first waxing a cotton baseball cap I had, which wasn't too hard and turned out great. Then tried to wax a plain cotton field jacket from JCF. It turned out to be an extremely time-consuming, frustrating, not to mention messy process. Then even after using a brush and a heat gun and spending lots of time trying to get the wax evenly melted/applied, the end result looked very messy, mottled, and uneven. I think I ended up just throwing the jacket out. I used Barbour Thornproof wax so it's not like I was cheaping out on the product.

                          Some guys say they have had great success with this method. I'm not sure what they're doing right that I was apparently doing wrong.
                          Ben

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                            #14
                            Toss my hat in the ring for being careful about waxing your own jacket. While I did not attempt to do it with a jacket, I did with a pair of jeans. Dan Trepanier (he of the Style Blogger fame) had an article up on his website a few years back about waxing your own jeans. I liked the look of the pants he was wearing in his post and decided to give it a try.

                            Yeah. Didn't go so well. Or at least my pants didn't turn out like Dan's. The end result was that the wax wasn't evenly applied and I jeans didn't look that nice. I did wear them though, as they were a new pair of pants and I didn't want to take the financial hit. But I will not be doing it again.

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                              #15
                              Have you tried Lands' End? Fit can be a bit generous if you are on the slim side, but their coats and jackets are highly regarded, and they run 40-50% off sale pretty regularly.

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